Robert Constable, Knight (c.1478 - 1538)

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Nicknames: "Sir Knight"
Birthplace: Flamborough, Yorkshire, , England
Death: Died in Beverley Gate, Hull, Yorks, England
Occupation: Knight
Managed by: Timothy Alan Davis
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About Robert Constable, Knight

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Sir Robert Constable (c. 1478 – Flamborough, Yorkshire, England - 6 July 1537 – Hull, Yorkshire, England) was a member of the English Tudor gentry. He was the eldest son of Sir Marmaduke Constable (1443–1518) and his wife Joyce Stafford (b. circa 1460). His paternal grandparents were Sir Robert Constable of Flamborough and Agnes Wentworth, daughter of Sir Roger Wentworth and Margaret Despencer. His maternal grandparents were Sir Humphrey Stafford (1427–1486), who was executed at Tyburn by order of Henry VII for siding with Richard III, and Catherine Fray (1437–1482).


Early life


In his youth he carried off a ward of chancery, and tried to marry her to one of his retainers. In the reign of Henry VII he was of signal service to the crown upon the commotion of Lord Audley and the Cornishmen, who marched on London and were defeated at Blackheath in 1497. Constable was one of the knights bannerets that were created at Blackheath by the Henry VII after his victory on 17 June 1497. In the following reign he was also at Flodden.


Pilgrimage of Grace


In 1536, on the outbreak of the great Yorkshire rising, known as the Pilgrimage of Grace, caused by the beginning of the destruction of monasteries in 1536, he took the leading part, along with Robert Aske and Lord Darcy. Constable was among those who made their submission, and received their pardon. At the beginning of the next year, January 1537, when Sir Francis Bigod rashly attempted to renew the insurrection, Constable exerted himself to keep the country quiet. When this last commotion was over, he, like the other leaders, was invited by King Henry VIII to proceed to London. This he refused, and at the same time removed for safety from his usual place of abode to a dwelling thirty miles away.


Hereupon the powerful minister Thomas Cromwell caused the Duke of Norfolk to send him up with a sergeant-at-arms on 8 March. He with Aske and Darcy was committed to the Tower till they should be tried, and meantime Norfolk was directed to say in the north that they were imprisoned, not for their former offences, but for treasons committed since their pardon. What those treasons were the Duke was conveniently forbidden to say. There was 'no specialty to be touched or spoken of', but all 'conveyed in a mass together'. True bills were returned against them, and after their condemnation it seemed to the King 'not amiss' that some of them should be remitted to their county for execution, 'as well for example as to see who would groan'. Constable and Aske were therefore sent down to Yorkshire, exhibited as traitors in the towns through which they passed, and Constable was executed at Hull on 6 July 1537 being hanged in chains over Beverley gate at Hull, and thereby forfeited Flamborough and 35 other manors in Lincolnshire. The Duke of Norfolk witnessed his execution;


"On Frydaye, beyng market daye at Hull, Sir Robert Constable suffred, and dothe hang above the highest gate of the towne, so trymmed in cheynes, that I thinke his bones will hang there this hundrethe yere. And on Thursdaye, which shall be market daye, God willing, I will be at the execution of Aske at York."


Family


Sir Robert was married to Jane Ingleby of Ripley (b. 1472) in 1492, probably in Yorkshire, England. Jane's parents were Sir William Ingleby of Ripley, son of John Ingleby of Ripley and Margaret Strangeways, Baroness Willoughby, and his wife Catherine Stillington, daughter of Thomas Stillington of Nether Acaster and Agnes Bigod.


Sir Robert and Jane had the following issue:

Sir Marmaduke Constable of Nuneaton (1498/1502-20 Apr 1560), married Elizabeth Darcy, daughter of Lord Darcy. Had issue.
Catherine Constable (c. 1498-1585), married Sir Roger Cholmley. Had issue.
Thomas Constable of Great Grimsby (c. 1504-aft 1558), married 1st Barbara Catherall, 2nd Lady Holdenby. Had issue by both wives.
Joyce Constable (b. circa 1500), married Rowland Pudsey. No issue.
Anne Constable (b. circa 1504), married George Hussey. Had issue.
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Sir Robert Constable's Timeline

1478
1478
Flamborough, Yorkshire, , England
1480
1480
Age 2
Flamborough, York, England, Great Britain
1492
1492
Age 14
Flamborough, East Riding, Yorkshire, England
1492
Age 14
Yorkshire, England
1494
1494
Age 16
Flamborough,Yorkshire,England
1496
1496
Age 18
Nuneaton, Warwickshire, UK
1498
1498
Age 20
1498
Age 20
Nuneaton, Warws, England
1499
1499
Age 21
Nuneaton, Warws, England
1499
Age 21
Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England